Answer by Yarvaxea · Sep 16, 2011 at 02:04 PM
If you want the ultimate performance then Intel is the better choice. However AMD is usually better priced for the performance they give. i.e my 1090T BE costs about 150$ and it is on the same performance level as a core i7 for about 400$. But the newer core i7 and the extreme outperforms any AMD processor but the cost is high. A note should be added that because intel has released newer processors they have features like triple channel memory support which does not exist on AMD. But again that's only for maxed systems in which case you should go for intel anyways. AMD is soon releasing their Bulldozer CPUs, they promise great performance and above all low power consumption, but it doesn't seem like there's any real high end model, so I guess AMD is still stuck at the mid level range. The best place to use an AMD processor is in a low to mid level system. The new Llano Fusion CPUs are great for small systems, they combine a good CPU on the level of an i5 with a graphics card on the level of a 3750-4xxx series. it's a really good combo in machines like laptops and home PCs.
Answer by Duodave · Sep 16, 2011 at 03:19 PM
I'd like to point out if you're buying say, a laptop, if you go with the intel processor you are likely to get paired with the intel video (sucky) but if you go with an AMD processor you'll probably get Radeon video.
On a desktop this is less important because you can buy whatever video card you want.